5CC Old Street
London-City and East London
May 11, 2018
The 5CC chain specialises in inhabiting the unloved spaces of London’s pubs and filling them with cocktail-y goodness. It’s a great idea as encapsulated by this, they’re fifth branch. The Old Street bar is hidden below the Grade II listed Singer Tavern, a building which in itself has an interesting history – it once housed the famous sewing machine company. The Singer itself is a decent-ish pub but it’s the basement space you’ll want to seek out. The entrance is a little hard to find but that just enhances the speakeasy vibe. The 5CC team have made the most of its quirks and atmosphere, its vaulted brick ceiling and various nooks and corners. There are sofas aplenty on which to lounge They serve a great range of cocktails, most of them gin-based, and the bar stocks some rare distillations. There are a few non-ginny drinks and wines available too. They’re offering a three-martini lunch, a dig at its proximity to the City, which allows you to pair drinks with their tasty gastro-pub food (which comes care of the pub above).
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